HomeMEDIA RESOURCES200330 October 2003 - Press Statement: NATO LEGISLATORS TO DEBATE IRAQ, TERRORISM, WMD and US-EUROPE TIES AT ORLANDO SESSION
30 October 2003 - Press Statement: NATO LEGISLATORS TO DEBATE IRAQ, TERRORISM, WMD and US-EUROPE TIES AT ORLANDO SESSION
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) will hold its 49th Annual Session in Orlando, Florida from 7 to 11 November 2003 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC),North Complex. 300 (approx.) legislators from the 19 NATO member states in North America and Europe and from the 20 associate** states, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, are expected to participate in the 5 day session.
Other than the impact of the Iraq crisis on the US and European members of the Alliance, issues under discussion throughout the session will include the war against terrorism and the threat from weapons of mass destruction (wmd), NATO's new role in Afghanistan, the reform of NATO's command structure and the progress in plans for a NATO response force, the current round of NATO enlargement as well as the international problems posed by organised crime and tensions in US-Europe trade relations.
PRESS CONFERENCE (T.B.C.): A press conference will be given by Doug Bereuter (USA), President of the NATO PA on Tuesday November 11 at 16:00 at the Convention Center.
This Annual Session will comprise meetings of the NATO PA's five committees - Defence and Security, Civil Dimension of Security, Political, Economics and Security and Science and Technology - on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November. The committees will consider a series of reports* on topical issues and hear presentations from international specialists and US Administration officials.
A Plenary Session will be held on Tuesday November 11 at which the keynote speakers will include the NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, Mr Marc Grossman US Under Secretary for Political Affairs and Gen. John Gordon, Asst. to the President and Homeland Security Advisor - all of whose presentations will be followed by question and answer periods, Mr Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida and Mr Doug Bereuter (USA), President of the NATO PA. The Plenary will also debate a series of policy recommendations resulting from the committees' meetings on issues of current topical interest which are forwarded to the North Atlantic Council and member Alliance governments.
Those journalists interested in accreditation to cover the Orlando session should contact the press service of the NATO PA at the International Secretariat in Brussels (Keith Williams): TEL:32 2 513 28 65/504 81 51; FAX: 32 2 514 18 47; e-mail email@example.com
Background: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly, founded in 1955 with a Brussels-based secretariat,
brings together 214 national parliamentarians from the 19 NATO countries. The 20 associate delegations from
Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Russia participate in Assembly activities and meetings**.
* Reports are available at the International Secretariat and at the NATO PA website http://www.nato-pa.int
** The 20 associate delegations are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Ukraine.